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Montclair Film Festival Announces 2023 Filmmaker Tribute to Martin Scorsese

Today, the Montclair Film Festival announced that Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese will be their 2023 Filmmaker Tribute recipient on October 27th. Scorsese’s tribute will be hosted by Stephen Colbert. It comes right as his latest movie, Killers of the Flower Moon, is set to hit theaters three days later on October 20th. More below from Montclair.

Here is the press release:

Today, Montclair Film, New Jersey’s leading film non-profit, announced that The Montclair Film Festival will present its 2023 Filmmaker Tribute to Martin Scorsese with Stephen Colbert hosting Mr. Scorsese on stage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in downtown Newark, NJ on Friday, October 27, 2023 at 8:00 PM. The pair will sit down for an unforgettable evening of conversation celebrating Mr. Scorsese’s legendary career as one of the cinema’s greatest filmmakers.

Martin Scorseseis an Academy Award-winning Director and one of the most influential filmmakers working today. In 2007, his film THE DEPARTED won an Academy Award for Best Director and Best Picture. Scorsese also directed THE WOLF OF WALL STREET  and THE IRIHSMAN, which both received Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture. His latest feature, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON made its World Premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and will be released exclusively in theaters worldwide October 20, 2023 before streaming globally on Apple TV+. 

Tickets for the Filmmaker Tribute to Martin Scorsese hosted by Stephen Colbert go on sale Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00 AM to Montclair Film Members. American Express members and NJPAC donors will receive pre-sale access on Thursday, September 14 at 10:00 AM, with public ticket sales beginning on Saturday, September 16 at 10:00 AM. Public tickets will be available online at and, by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), and at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark. More information about this event can also be found at

All proceeds from this special evening will benefit Montclair Film, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization that hosts the annual Montclair Film Festival (MFF), owns and operates Montclair’s six-screen art house cinema The Clairidge, and provides year-round film education, storytelling, and community programs throughout New Jersey that serve tens of thousands of patrons each year.  

“Over the course of his career as a filmmaker, preservation advocate, and film historian, Martin Scorsese has made an unparalleled impact on the art of cinema” said Tom Hall, Co-Head and Artistic Director of Montclair Film. “To honor him with our festival’s 2023 Filmmaker Tribute is an absolute thrill, and we look forward to a delightful, celebratory evening of stories and conversation hosted by Stephen Colbert.”

“We are so excited to return to NJPAC for our 2023 Filmmaker Tribute to Martin Scorsese,” said Montclair Film Executive and Co-Head Beth Gottung. “We are grateful to our partners, sponsors, and Trustees for their enduring support, and are excited to share this wonderful event as the signature program of the 12th Annual Montclair Film Festival.”

“All of us at NJPAC are delighted to partner with our friends at Montclair Film to host this extraordinary evening,” said John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC. “Stephen Colbert’s insightful conversations with the artists who inspire us all have become an annual highlight of the Arts Center’s fall season, and this celebratory event with the inimitable Martin Scorsese promises to be especially exciting.”

The full program for the 12th Annual Montclair Film Festival will be announced on September 29, 2023, with the festival taking place October 20-29, 2023.  


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